A number one best seller, perfect for fans of Her by Harriet Lane and In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.
Everybody needs good neighbours....
Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close.
Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.
But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa.
©2016 Caroline Green (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Gripped me from the start: Cass Green sensitively imagines your worst nightmare next door - a truly psychological thriller." (Claire Seeber)
"A creepy psychological exploration of the power of secrets to destroy your life." (Psychologies)
"The Girl on the Train meets Notes on a Scandal. I read it one sitting, totally gripped." (Erin Kelly)
"Twisty, tense and with a truly odious villain." (Eva Dolan)
"The Woman Next Door had me gripped from first page to last - completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls." (Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark Dark Wood)
"I couldn't put it down. It gripped me from the first page. The best psychological thriller I've read all year." (Suzy Greaves, editor, Psychologies)
"Cass Green storms onto the crime scene with this classic and compelling psychological thriller - Hester is a gloriously dark character who held me in her grip from the first page to the last." (Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable)
Really enjoyed this. The characters are very believable . even the rich and successful have dark secrets. I found myself preferring Hester over Melissa.
"Excellent narration, but the story was a bit slow, especially in the bit that should have been the most exciting"
I loved the narrators, especially Hester, the narrator really brought the character to life. The story was a bit slow in the bits that were the most exciting (I don't want to give away any of the plot)
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
What a fabulous thriller. Starts slowly and gently, but after a few chapters it just becomes increasingly gripping and thrilling in the way of sending shivers down the spine. It's an unusual story too, and so unpredictable. This is always a joy when so many books, even most best sellers, are formulaic. It's extrememly well written, with richly drawn characters and a story that repeatedly surprised me. I love it when a find a new excellent author, and it looks like I have found one in Cass Green.
I ended up feeling quite sorry for all the characters involved in this book. I listened to it in two days and it is gripping but in an ordinary kind of way. There are twists and turns to the story and you end up with a crushing kind of doom bubbling up for the characters when you know what's coming up. All in all a good audio book.
absolutely loved it from start to finish. also excellent narration. things have been a little tough my end -how lovely to be able to wholly take a break .
Great book I will be recommending it to my friends. kept me captive from start to finish.
No, it was a really good book but feel it moved on a bit too quickly, wanted more suspense and drama from hester.
Yes I have and there performances are good
Sorry but only Bertie when he nearly fell, poor little dog
Had high expectations and was a good book, good storyline but felt everything came to a conclusion too soon.
So wanted to enjoy this
This was one of the most enjoyable books that I listened in a while. What a brilliant read by the narrators. Thank you so much for making it so enjoyable. And hats off to Cass Green. A great story.
I have over 550 audible books in my library and British authors are some of my favorites. The storyline is suspenseful and intriguing with good character development. However, the last 30 minutes does not live up to the rest of the novel. I don't understand why writers can't produce a satisfying ending. If you are looking for an entertaining novel with mid-level depth than this may be for you.
Probably the most enjoyable psychological themed novel I've read. Crazy isn't overdone but eases the reader into how someone with a lose grip on reality justifies and rationalizes their behavior.
"Biting, Beguiling, Will make you smile AND shudder"
Plenty to love about this book. Melissa, beautiful wife to a doctor with TV fame and mom to a teenage daughter with issues, has a darker past she'd really like to keep secret. Hester, in her sixties, is widowed, lonely, and wishes she could reconnect to her neighbors, who she was once so close to. What went wrong? Hester couldn't be happier when she is accidentally invited to a party at Melissa's, but then witnesses an event that brings her too close to Melissa's darkest secrets. Hester is nothing if not helpful, and Melissa had better be gracious about it, or else...
Good narration, plenty of suspense, cringeworthy characters and overall a great mystery. Recommended!
This book was absolutely phenomenal. I am always looking for mysteries, especially set in England for some reason. Perhaps from all the cozy mysteries I watched in my youth. I am so impressed with the author and her ability to bring the characters to life. They are so layered and so real. I am very interested in how her brain works and how she was able to come up with them. Once this was over, long after all of it was wrapped up, an involuntary chill ran through my body. I don't think I've ever felt like that after a book. That was simply due to how impressed I was with these characters. Thank you Cass Green! The narration is unbelievable. Especially Anna Bentinck! To my surprise, I had already listened to her on another audio book. Her voice was unrecognizable and I was convinced that was her normal voice, but apparently she changed it to fit the character... and boy did it fit the character! Perfection on her part. I absolutely loved this book. I ended up reading this due to Alex Marwood giving her thumbs-up. If you enjoy her books, you should enjoy this one as well.
"The codependent neighbor from HELL ~ Loved IT!"
YES ~ It was deliciously engrossing from beginning to end.
I loved how Cass Green included all the "nagging" and judgmental thoughts going through the minds of the characters. - Everyone has these thoughts in one way or another, and maybe that is why I found myself laughing out loud despite how mean these women's thoughts could be.
A really fun and entertaining read about murder.
"Very good story"
The story starts off just ok: two neighbors, one more needy than the other. Then something happens that brings them closer than one of them wants. And then...twists as their backgrounds are revealed. Kept me hooked from beginning to end. The reader is outstanding.
"Couldn't stop listening."
One of the best murder mysteries I've listened to in a long while. Nothing to compare it to. It's an original. Storyline and narration superb. Love English/British narration. Bravo to the author. A little long but just when you think "no more" - a must listen to the end.
"Kept my attention"
It was more of a psychological drama vs thriller but kept my attention. I like stories that are plausible and help put you in the shoes of the people in the story and realize how easy it is for a series of bad or even questionable decisions can take us to places we never expected and that there is light but also dark in every single one of us and how our experiences also shape and so greatly influence our realities.
"A Moderately entertaining story, kept my interest."
This was a well written story with good complexity of the characters. Infidelity seems to be a nearly universal theme there days in novels, especially thrillers and women's stories. I suppose it is a good motivvation for murder and fills in well as a diversion to confuse the reader while trying to work out who done it. I would hope it's not as common as is portrayed. in this story, it is a secondary layer. I was not on the edge of my seat but the main character's unfolding held my interest along with the themes of motherhood and rellationships between women. Also clear we're the far-reaching consequences of a tiny moment in time, a flare of temper, a small lie or misunderstanding, a back turned for a minute, an unexpected flat tire in an otherwise well laid plan.
Not the page-turner I expected. The story started slowly and dragged on. I kept waiting for an explanation for why the reader should find this plausible. The answer is implied, but it leaves many open questions. The ending is fine, but I was surprised there weren't more explanations.
The narration is good. The characters nailed their parts perfectly.
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